Characterized by lush green fields and majestic purple mountains set back from the Kohala Coast.

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For a unique Hawaiian adventure away from the usual tourist spots, visit Waimea, an area characterized by lush green fields and majestic purple mountains set back from the Kohala Coast. Waimea, known for the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys), has a rich history of cattle ranching and cowboy culture. Today, it is also celebrated for its vibrant culinary scene and thriving theater community.

To savor exceptional local cuisine, make your way to Merriman’s Restaurant, a dining establishment led by Peter Merriman, a respected figure in the culinary world, has been nominated three times for the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best Chef and plays a key role in developing Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Merriman’s prides itself on serving fresh dishes made from ingredients sourced from nearby farmers and ranchers.

Kamuela offers a variety of residential options for those seeking single-family homes in different neighborhoods from wet side to dry side as well as stretching to Kohala Ranch, Mauna Kea, and the Kohalal Coast. The esteemed Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Parker School are located in the heart of Waimea, along with North Hawaii Community Hospital and the renowned astronomical observatories of Keck Observatories and Canada France. Additionally, Waimea boasts a number of farmers markets where visitors can find fresh produce and locally crafted goods, attracting tourists to this picturesque town with its refreshing high-altitude climate.

Around Kamuela/Waimea, HI

There's plenty to do around Kamuela/Waimea, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including On Top of Mauna Kea Food Truck, Sushi Hana, and Pele Plantations.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.54 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.69 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.69 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.57 miles 46 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.54 miles 59 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 3.53 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Kamuela/Waimea, HI

Kamuela/Waimea has 4,662 households, with an average household size of 2.83. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Kamuela/Waimea do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,386 people call Kamuela/Waimea home. The population density is 45.79 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Kamuela/Waimea, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Kamuela/Waimea. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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K - 12th
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6th - 8th
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
K - 12th
No rating available
Waimea Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Kanu o ka Aina - New Century PCS
K - 12th

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